Social Responsiveness Award – call for entries

Dear colleagues and students

Applications and nominations are open and encouraged for the 2021 Social Responsiveness Awards. Recipients will be announced in December and will be celebrated as part of the April 2022 graduation ceremonies.

Social responsiveness is at the heart of UCT’s work as a committed institution. It is achieved through our basic work of teaching, research and service to society. Our annual awards recognize how our staff and students play an active role in the development of our cultural, economic, political, scientific and social environment.

Recipients can be academic or professional support and administrative services (PASS) departments and can be individuals or groups. All staff and students are eligible to apply or be nominated.

The award recipients will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • activities that have resulted in demonstrable mutual benefit for the university business and an external constituency, demonstrating a demonstrable impact in the community
  • evidence of shared planning and decision-making practices
  • evidence of how the initiative has improved teaching and learning, research processes and outcomes, or the quality of life of communities outside the university
  • evidence of co-production and application of knowledge by the university and external community partners
  • proof of commitment to social justice and transformation.

Depending on the nature of the activity, the following criteria may be considered:

  • contributions to the negotiation and facilitation of relationships that have strengthened the university’s commitment to local, regional, national or continental development challenges
  • contributions to new notions of professional practice meeting the needs of the South African context
  • proof of the sustainability of the initiative.


The award is open to staff and individual students and to formal or informal groups within the university. Staff must have been employed by the UCT for a period of at least 12 months prior to the date of appointment, either on a permanent basis or under a fixed-term contract of at least two years. Students must be currently enrolled for a qualification at the university.

Nomination procedures

Applications and nominations must include the following:

  • an account (no more than 1000 words) describing how the candidate or candidate meets the stated criteria, with a brief overview of the history, objectives, scope and results of the social responsiveness initiative, its methodology and the nature of the partnerships involved
  • a letter of support from an external group commenting on the nature of the social responsiveness activity in which the candidate has excelled, the evolving and reciprocal nature of the initiative, the nature of the partnership and the impact of the activities
  • a letter of recommendation from an academic referee commenting on how the initiative has improved knowledge production, knowledge dissemination or knowledge translation
  • for a socially responsive teaching, comments will be invited on their structure according to sound pedagogical principles in order to complement and supplement the theoretical components of the study program; demonstration of adequate supervision of participants; their in-depth training / preparation for the project or program and the regular and adequate evaluation of the initiative
  • the committee may invite unsuccessful candidates it considers to be at the appropriate level to remain on the list for two years after the year of appointment; any candidate the committee considers to be at the appropriate level will receive feedback on areas to be reworked for an updated nomination
  • the award may be awarded posthumously.

All documents should be submitted in one pdf.

Selection committee

A selection committee will review the nominations and make recommendations to the university’s social responsiveness committee regarding the awarding of the award.

The scholarship is worth 35,000 Rand and can be used to enhance social responsiveness or can be used for all legitimate project expenses including equipment, living expenses, travel or a combination of these. .

Nominations and nominations for the Distinguished Social Responsive Award must be submitted to Sonwabo Ngcelwane [email protected] at the latest Friday 12 November 2021.

The recipient of the award will be announced in December 2021 and awarded at a graduation ceremony in April 2022.


Professor Emeritus Martin Hall
Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Transformation, Student Affairs and Social Responsiveness

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